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About Penetration Testing: Purpose
Penetration testing is becoming more relevant as more elements of the company are digitized. Companies are more reliant on information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).
Seculyze has conducted several penetration tests for various clients – from large private companies over public institutions to SMEs.
The purpose of a penetration testing is to find and document security issues, so they can be remediated. Seculyze will simulate cyberattacks against your computer systems and infrastructure to imitate real-work attacks.
Top 5 Benefits of Penetration Testing
By performing penetration testing, we can reveal your real vulnerabilities and identify the real risk and attack surface that is exposed before the hackers do: Seeing what an attacker could do in a ‘real world’ scenario.
It is practical, not theoretical. By using third-party experts, your management is more inclined to react.
By practicing a real-life hack, your organization uses their capabilities and learns, what could be changed and what works. You can detect attacks and respond adequately on time. Testing the effectiveness of your protection strategy in a safe environment providing learnings to improve your defense.
The business must continue to operate. By testing, your company can avoid costly data breaches and the loss of business operations. Nowadays, maturing the security posture in your organization, is a way to maintain a competitive advantage over competitors in addition to stopping hackers.
A security breach can hit your company financially, on the trust of your brand and on your reputation. A breach negatively affects the loyalty of your customers, which can be countered by testing, so you are known for strict and systematic security reviews which penetration testing can facilitate.
Compliance and security obligations from regulations and standards are addressed through testing. Standards could be PCI, ISO 27001 or similar, which may require a certain level of penetration testing and security reviews.
Penetration Testing Process
Penetration testing at Seculyze follows a generic process based on NIST 800-115 with few alterations. It is created as a learning cycle, so one ending provides input to the next test.
Its simplicity is its strength, as it focuses on security issues that matter and not yet another vulnerability scan. The process can be altered depending on your needs and on testing subject.
The heart of a penetration test: Exploiting the weaknesses and vulnerabilities by obtaining the first access, escalating privileges, system browsing and installing additional tools – and repeat potentially doing additional discovery. There can be many different avenues an attacker use depending on the clients infrastructure.